Placido Domingo, one of the world’s most famous opera singers, has apologised to dozens of women who accused him of sexual harassment after a report found a pattern of misconduct.
Domingo, 79, said in a statement: “I respect that these women finally felt comfortable enough to speak out, and I want them to know that I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I have grown from this experience.”
Image: Placido Domingo, seen in 2019, has faced accusations from dozens of women
The Spanish tenor said he understood that some women were afraid to speak out “because of a concern that their careers would be adversely affected” and said he wanted to bring about “positive change”.
“It is my fervent wish that the result will be a safer place for all in the opera industry, and I hope that my example moving forward will encourage others to follow.”
The singer issued the statement on Tuesday after an investigation into his behaviour by a US union which represents opera performers.
After reviewing the accounts of 27 people who accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour, the investigation concluded there was a clear pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power over at least 20 years, the Associated Press reported.
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More than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff have said they witnessed or experienced inappropriate behaviour by Domingo towards women at different opera houses over the last three decades.
Domingo, a tenor who turned to the baritone repertoire later in his career, had originally disputed the accusations against him, saying he believed that “all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual”.
Image: Domingo (left) performed as part of The Three Tenors with Jose Carreras (centre) and Luciano Pavarotti.
Several opera houses around the world cancelled appearances by Domingo after the accusations became public.
He resigned as the general director of Los Angeles Opera and withdrew from performances at New York’s Met.
As the “Three Tenors”, Domingo, Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti helped bring opera to a wider audience with concerts around the world in the 1990s.
Source : Sky News